Alumni News

Speech of Senator Santiago, 20 April 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

DSC 0099UP Mindanao, you have called me and I have come!

It is always a happy pleasure to come to greet my brothers and sisters in the UP campus wherever that may be. That's why I came over here from Manila personally just to deliver this speech and I will return to Manila today.

No matter how brilliant the students of UP are, there is always room for more education. So allow me to share with you some pick up lines.
Kailangan mo ba ng tutor? Bakit? Pwede kitang turuan na mahalin ako!
Gusto mo bang ibili kita ng salbabida? Bakit? Kasi baka malunod ka sa pagmamahal ko!
Pwede na ba kitang tubusin? Bakit? Ang laki na kasi ng interest ko sa iyo!
Kung maging subject ka sana ikaw ang pinaka-mahirap. Bakit? Para sa iyo lang ako babagsak!

I would like to talk about research and development for inclusive growth.

All candidates eloquently promise inclusive growth but stutter when asked to explain it. The answer is simple. We must invest in people. We need to educate them. Take care of their health and feed them so that they will becomes productive members of a growing workforce. Only by investing in people can you truly make growth inclusive.

Education will be a cornerstone of my administration. We will educate the poor by institutionalizing traditional cash transfer programs including a provision that expands its coverage to include beneficiaries aged fifteen to eighteen. We will bridge the classroom gap both to increase public investment and improve private participation to the public-private partnership program.
We continue to support the K-12 program and also make sure that it is in sync with our efforts in the technical, vocational education and training.

However, a recent research study in the University of the Philippines found that we must complement education with research and development, in order to make our human capital highly competitive and ready for take off for economic growth.

I wholeheartedly adopt UP's proposal of investing more heavily in R&D. The first budget proposal we will submit to Congress will have R&D allocation equivalent to one percent of the Gross Domestic Product, which we will steadily increase to two percent of GDP by our last year in office.

Key areas for investment will include
-agriculture, particularly for the development of farming technologies and crop varieties which will help the sector cope with disasters and climate change.
-manufacturing and micro, small, and medium enterprises, particularly for the production of  more high-value products from agricultural raw materials
-health, particularly to improve strategies for diseases like HIV-AIDS
-renewable energy, to help address the country's power needs and achieve goals of reduced carbon emissions
-environment, climate change, and disasters, particularly hazard mapping, the development of early-warning systems, and biodiversity protection.

As senator I have filed several bills aimed at creating an environment conducive to innovation and fostering collaboration among the government, the private sector, the academe, and research institutions.

 Unfortunately, these bills have languished at the committee level. Once elected, I will shepherd the following into approval:
(Ang tagal! Pag nanalo akong presidente..!)

-the scientific communications act which seeks to train scientists and researchers to better relay the results of their endeavors to policy-making
-the research and development efficiency act, which seeks to establish under the Office of the President, a research and development support committee to review regulations affecting research and development, and
-the international science and technology cooperation act, which seeks to establish, under the National Academy of Science and Technology, a committee that will identify or coordinate with international partners for science and technology

We will revise procedures on government acquisition of scientific equipment and the audit of R&D, research and development expenditures.

The human research arms of all government agencies related to R&D will also be better trained to hire and retain scientists and researchers. In order to invite Filipino scientists and researchers abroad to come home, we will increase the salaries and provide additional incentives for experts and specialists. We will also improve the work environment of Filipino scientists, not only to retain them but also to improve the quality of their product.

With a strong R&D sector we can  once and for all stop depending on advanced economies to solve our problems.

Gusto ko lang magtanong ngayon, maari ang sagot nandoon sa Metro Manila, bakit pag nag survey tungkol sa presidentiables, pag tinanong ang mga kabataan, sinong gusto mo maging presidente ng Pilipinas, from north to south, east and west, I'm always number one. Pero, pag nagpa-survey ang mga commercial firms, yung binabayaran, wala man lang ako doon. Nakaka-sama ng loob.

I learned today that I have placed number two in a survey by Radio Veritas. How can I place number two in a nationwide survey by Veritas if, according to the commercial surveys, I do not exist?

Gusto ko lang mag-tanong. Kitang-kita natin na bago ang official campaign period, marami ng advertisement sa telebisyon ang ibang kandidato ng pakga-presidente. Alam mo, ang isang advertisement sa tv for three seconds is half a million. Saan nila kinuha pera nila? Hindi pa nga sila nag-umpisa nagna-nakaw na!

Kaya ako, nagdadasal na lang sa Diyos na kung ayaw pa Niya akong kunin, sana bigyan Niya ako ng kapangyarihan para makulong ko ang lahat nitong mga corrupt na ito.

The first act of my administration will be to ask the Ombudsman to now conduct a thorough investigation of all cases involving pork barrel particularly PDAF.

I have no doubt that the Filipino, with Divine Guidance, can make anything possible. For, as the poet said, "God moves in a mysterious way, He has wonders to perform, he plants his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm, deep in the unfathomable minds with never-failing skill, he offers up his bright designs and works his sovereign will."

Thank you! May God bless you!

Speech: Dr. Nezer Soriano, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

WP 20160220 19 11 40 ProCROPTSalamat sa mga nagbigay ng parangal na ito. Pero ano nga ba ang ibig sabihin ng parangal na ito? Para sa akin, ang tanong ay ano nga ba ang puedeng magawa ng isang estudyante ng UP Mindanao 20 years mula ng kanyang unang  enrolment? Opo, 1996 po kasi ang aking student number.

Sa loob ng 20 years, dapat po sana ay graduate ka na. Dapat sana ay tapos ka na sa pag-aaral mo at ikaw ay may trabaho na para kumita at may sarili ka nang pera. Para naman hindi ka na hingi ng hingi ng pera sa mga magulang mo. Maawa ka naman sa kanila kung sa loob ng 20 years ay humihingi ka pa rin ng pera hanggang ngayon. “Ang makagradweyt at makahanap ng trabaho.” Ulitin ko. Ang makapagtapos ng pag-aaral para makahanap ng MAGANDANG trabahong magbibigay sayo ng MAGANDANG sweldo ay HINDI po tinuturo sa UP. Hindi rin po yan ang natutunan ko sa UP, kaya alam kong hindi rin po yan ang ibig sabihin ng parangal na ito.

Noong kami ay nasa PCA compound pa bilang mga estudyante, ang tinuro sa amin ay kung paano makitungo sa ating kapwa tao mula sa iba’t ibang antas ng buhay. Noong kami ay nasa Pahinungod at umakyat ng Diwalwal o sa Boys Town ay tinuro sa amin kung paano pahalagahan ang kapakanan ng iba higit sa sarili. Noong kami ay volunteer sa Eagle Center at binabantayan ang Agila sa Arakan Valley kahit may panganib, tinuro sa amin kung paano pahalagahan ang kalikasan. Noong kami ay dumalaw sa mga komunidad ng Mandaya, Bagobo at Tboli ay tinuro sa amin ang kahalagahan ng ating kultura. Noong kami ay naglakad sa lansangan ng Magallanes at Claveria, natuto rin kaming ipaglaban ang katarungan. Noong kami ay umakyat sa bundok ng Hamuigitan at noong nagsurvey sa Davao Gulf ay tinuro sa amin ang kahalagahan ng pagtuklas at pagsaliksik ng bagong kaalaman. Hindi po PAANO maghanap buhay ang tinuro sa UP.

Ang natutunan po naming ay paano maglingkod sa kapwa, sa kalikasan, sa Diyos at sa Bayan. Pagkalipas ng 20 years, ano nga ba ang puedeng magawa ng isang estudyante mula sa UP Mindanao? Walang iba kundi ipagpatuloy ang nasimulan at natutunan sa UP. Ipagpatuloy ang tamang pakikitungo sa kapwa, ipagpatuloy ang pagtulong sa mga nangangailangan, ipagpatuloy ang paghingi ng katarungan, ipagpatuloy ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan, ipagpatuloy ang pagtuklas sa bagong kaalaman, ipagpatuloy ang pagsulong ng kaunlaran, at ipagpatuloy ang paglingkod sa bayan. Opo, pagkalipas ng 20 years ay hindi pa rin po ako tapos sa pag-aaral dahil estudyante pa rin po ako sa UP. Pero salamat po sa pagkilala sa mga gawaing ating itinutuloy lamang natin.

At ang pagkilalang ito ay pagkilala rin sa mga katuwang natin sa mga gawaing ito… ang mga taong tumulong sa atin sa komunidad, mga lider ng people’s organization, Civil Society groups, mga nakatrabaho ko at fellow development workers, mga kaibigan kong nagbibigay suporta at panalangin (sana dagdagan niyo ang inyong donations), mga fellow Pioneers (sayang at wala ng UKLAS Mountaineers) mga naging guro ko lalo na dito sa UP hindi ko na po kayo iisa-isahin (pero especial mention kay Maam Novero na nagtiwala sa ating kakayahan) at sa mga una kong guro.. ang aking ama at ina; ang aking pamilya na lagi kong kasama at higit sa lahat si Bathala.

Daghang Salamat. Padayon….

Dr. Nezer Soriano, Distinguished Alumnus 2016

Speech: Recognition Ceremony for Students, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

Speech of Ms. Kriza Faye A. Calumba, Motivational Speaker, Recognition Ceremony, 19 February 2016

     To the UP Mindanao Chancellor Dr. Sylvia Concepcion, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Nilo Oponda, Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Antonio Obsioma, deans, college secretaries, faculty, staff, awardees, parents, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.
     Let me begin with a line that we often hear nowadays – Walang forever. Usually it pertains to relationship breakups and ruined friendships, but on a positive note, this line also means being open to change. Dili ka forever magpulaw para sa acads. Sa mga graduating, dili mo forever magthesis. Dili mo forever mahimong studyante. Despite its negative connotation especially when broken people make hugot, walang forever implies change – change for the better, in particular – and that is what I want to stress today.
     First, hindi ka forever nasa UP. You will all graduate and leave the university, in the right time. And when that right time comes, you might want to ask yourself: “How was I as a student? Did I make the most of my stay in the university and was my roller coaster ride worth it? Did I stay true to being an Iskolar ng Bayan?” Well you can ask these questions and challenge yourself right now. My tip for you is to grab more opportunities.
     UP Mindanao offers you various occasions for you to grow into more socially aware, more culturally sensitive, and more open-minded individuals. Join organizations that serve your best interest. Pursue your passion – dance, sing, draw, speak, play – and let this be a means of self-expression. Be more participative in activities organized by the university and by the students. Be more informed. And importantly, never miss any student exchange opportunity.
     I still remember how, in August 2012, I managed to travel outside the Philippines for the first time. Not for a short vacation, but for a semester of student exchange to the National University of Singapore. I had doubts that time kasi wala pang academic calendar shift, so going on exchange meant not graduating on time. And despite the sepanx, I still pursued it, as I was confident that I will always be thankful for the experiences, and I was right. I was the sole exchange student from the UP system under the Temasek Foundation Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Programme, along with 34 other exchange students from 13 Asian countries. Now what did I gain? I met people with different backgrounds and personalities. I felt home in their companionship even for a short period of four months. I got to explore new places and new food; in fact I gained 5 kilos when I was there. Ana pa sila, ang lawas mabawi, ang experiences once in a lifetime ra. Studying in a foreign university will also let you grow intellectually as you have to adjust to the academic standards, especially in a country like Singapore where people are so “kiasu”/”gahot”/competitive. Yet, despite these challenges, being an exchange student will make you a better person in many ways. And don’t forget to use your learning and experiences to give back to the Filipino community. I am sharing this because right now, there are a lot of student exchange opportunities for UP students. One BS Food Technology student, Viena Monterde, is now at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the United States for one year of student exchange. Hindi forever may opportunities na ganyan, so you, don’t miss your chance.
     Second and last, hindi ka forever nasa taas. We all fail, but you must have a high threshold for frustration. Accept failure inasmuch as you accept success, because you won’t realize success without failure. Use these let-downs as stepping stones toward improving yourself. Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. It’s okay to cry after failing an exam, it’s okay to sleep for 10 hours before an exam or deadline the following day, it’s okay to cram sometimes, as long as you know what you are doing. Prioritize your tasks more efficiently, work harder, manage your time better, and believe in yourself more. Also stay grounded and keep in mind that despite your success, you still have a lot to learn.
     Today I am in front of the brightest students in UP Mindanao, and I would like to congratulate you all for reaping the fruit of your labor for the previous semesters. Nagbunga ang inyong mga eyebags, gi-dilian na mga laag and party para magstudy, and even the relationships you gave up kasi nga daw, acads first. You all have a long way to go. Be more inspired and keep yourself motivated. You are the future leaders of the country; gratify the Filipino people that you are serving, especially the marginalized. To the parents, I am certain of how proud you are of your son/daughter and their success would not have been possible without your support.
     To end this, I would like to reiterate na walang forever sa UP. Hindi kayo forever magiging studyante, so make the most of it. Again, congratulations to all awardees!

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